CATEGORIES Action, Comedy, Drama, Independent, Deals, IFC, Distribution, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Toronto International Film Festival, Trailers and Clips, Trailers and Clips, Toronto Film Festival, Movie News, CinematicalJames Gunn's 'Super,' which was part of the Toronto Film Festival's Midnight Madness series, has been winning fans right and left. Rainn Wilson plays Frank D'Arbo, an everyday guy whose wife Sarah (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Incensed, Frank transforms himself into The Crimson Bolt, a janky superhero whose main weapon is a wrench; he unwittingly attracts a desperate, manic sidekick, Libby (Ellen Page), who dubs herself Boltie.
Although this sounds a bit like 'Kick-Ass,' it's quite a bit darker than that. (Yes, even darker than a preteen hit girl with a potty mouth who makes mincemeat of bad guys.) As Scott Weinberg wrote in his review, "This is a flick that wants you to laugh at some seriously dark and weird material, but it also has the audacity to challenge the viewer to delve a little deeper. In other words, 'Super' felt like a (very funny) comedy while I was watching it -- but after a few hours had passed, I found myself contemplating the flick's darker and considerably more serious side."
'Super' was quickly picked up by IFC Films over the weekend, and will be distributed as part of its IFC Midnight series. 'Super' was one of the first films bought at the Festival.
Watch this totally crazy clip from 'Super' with The Crimson Bolt and Boltie, where they have an argument about Boltie offing a bad guy who keyed her friend's car. Maybe. She yelps, "We did it! We did it! We totally f*cking beat evil!" It's a nice little taste of a freaky flick I'm looking forward to. (P.S. You might wanna put on headphones if you're at work. Not that you watch trailers at work when you're supposed to be working, but you know, if you did, you'd wanna.)
What about you? Do you think that 'Super' will find audiences in theaters, on VOD, or on DVD eventually?
Warning: Clip is NSFW